Rabi Lamichhane, the Chairman of the Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP), has voiced his dissent regarding the government’s recent move to shut down TikTok. Lamichhane argued that rather than outright closure, social networks should be subjected to regulation.
Taking to social media on Monday in response to the government’s decision, Lamichhane asserted, “The focus should be on regulating social media, not shutting it down. The underlying issue with the TikTok ban is related to content, not the platform itself.”
He underscored the possibility of employing technological controls to manage inappropriate content, stating, “Technological measures can effectively handle malicious content.” Lamichhane also highlighted the interconnected nature of social media platforms, noting that TikTok content can easily be shared on other platforms like Reel, Instagram, and Facebook. He posed a critical question, asking, “Should we consider shutting down all platforms?”
In addition, Lamichhane raised concerns about the decision-makers within the ruling party, questioning their integrity. He remarked, “Many leaders within the ruling party who supported this decision are tainted by corruption. Does this imply that the entire party should now face closure?”